AST Hot Shot/286 manual/info?
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Wed Sep 24 21:11:25 CDT 2008
On 24 Sep 2008 at 19:02, Jim Leonard wrote:
> I have a SOTA board with the following setup:
> - Socket for the original 8088
> - 40-pin ribbon cable that ends in a 40-pin "cpu" interface that goes
> from the add-in board (40-pin linear) to the motherboard (40-pin "plug")
> - Socket for an 8087
Your SOTA is the "Mothercard 286", right? That's a big brother to
the AST Hotshot, if my old product guides are any indication. The
Hotshot is a half-length card, much like the little Orchid mini-286
Fortunately, the era of 286 accelerator cards didn't last all that
long--roughly mid-1986 to mid-1987. By 1988, 386 accelerators had
made their appearance. I checked my back issues of Byte and PC Tech
Journal for 1986-mid 1987 and didn't find a mention of the Hotshot,
though I did see several mentions of the SOTA mothercard. There was
a point where it was getting cheaper to buy a Far East 286 "baby"
motherboard and hard disk controller and swap them for the original
8088 mobo. Fewer compatibility headaches, too.
AST seemed to be mostly interested in pushing their 3G "kitchen sink"
graphics card in early 1986, then the Rampage cards, then Adavantage
cards, then complete systems, with modems and network cards sprinkled
in during late 1987. Around April, 1986, there was a product
annoucement of an add-in AST 8086 accelerator, but no Hotshot
subsequent to that.
Given that the HS is a half-length card, Fred could be right--the
8088 plugs into the empty socket and the header plugs into the 8088
socket on the planar.
For whatever it's worth,
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